Homeowners and self-defence

In the last few weeks, a number of constituents have been in touch with me regarding the rights of homeowners to tackle burglars who break into their homes.

As I am sure you will appreciate, it would be inappropriate for me to comment on a specific case.   Prosecution decisions are taken independently of Government and are a matter for the Crown Prosecution Service in England and Wales and the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service in Scotland.
 
Having said that, my sympathies are certainly with householders who have to defend themselves when intruders break in. That is why the then Conservative-led Government strengthened the law in 2013 to give householders greater protection from intruders.

Those changes make it clear that if a householder believes their life or the lives of their family are in danger, and they act in self-defence, they would not ordinarily be convicted of an offence. 
 
I should also stress that would be the case even if the homeowner's actions appeared disproportionate when viewed "in the cold light of day".

Further details can be found in the following fact-sheet: http://bit.ly/2HHxw9M